The hottest Arctic summer on record has awakened a deadly outbreak of anthrax among reindeer in Siberia.
Officials in the Yamal Peninsula say there are currently 730,000 reindeer in the region, but those numbers are 'unsustainable,' risking disease spreading and chronic overgrazing. Plans are in the works to kill 250,000 of the reindeer by Christmas to minimize the spread of the anthrax bacteria. The alarm was raised in July when a 12-year-old nomadic boy died from anthrax in a vast northwestern region of the Siberian tundra and 100 were sickened. More than 2,300 reindeer also died.
Fire’s silver lining
The Anderson Creek Wildfire started in Oklahoma and spread north to Kansas in late March, burning 390,000 acres. “Our ranch looked like the surface of the moon, only black,” rancher Dave Brass said of his 10,000-acre spread. “There was no noise. No birds singing. Nothing.” The fire led to the deaths of hundreds of cattle, damaged or destroyed millions of dollars’ worth of fencing and torched several homes and other possessions. But now ranchers are finding a silver lining in the massive fire.
“It’s kind of the best of times coming out of the worst of times,” said Mark Huddler, a rancher who lost 27 miles of fence and several buildings. “We’ve got water in streams that haven’t run for years because the fire decimated so many cedars.” An Oklahoma State University study says a 12-inch cedar tree can use up to 42 gallons of water per day. Many thousands of cedars died in the fire.
Driving to a meeting in a neighboring city, a Canadian man spotted a skunk whose head was stuck inside a soda can. He did what all GTN readers would do, he gingerly approached the skunk and pulled the can free. Okay, maybe not many GTN readers would do that, especially if they knew they would be rewarded from PETA with a box of vegan cookies and a silk-free tie.
The man videoed the event, which has been viewed more than 3 million times.
Consumers want more info
Only a minority of consumers say they have access to all the information they want about where their food comes from, how it’s produced and its safety. That’s according to a new survey by the Center for Food Integrity.